New patents are issued by the USPTO on Tuesdays. Both of today's Spotlight Patents concern aspects of digital rights management. Assigned to IBM, the first patent addresses techniques for detecting usage of copyrighted video content using object recognition. Assigned to Omniphone (GB), the second patent addresses techniques for enabling digital music content to be downloaded to and used on a portable wireless computing device.
9,996,769, "Detecting usage of copyrighted video content using object recognition," assigned to IBM.
Techniques detecting usage of copyrighted video content using object recognition are provided. In one example, a computer-implemented method comprises determining, by a system operatively coupled to a processor, digest information for a video, wherein the digest information comprises objects appearing in the video and respective times at which the objects appear in the video. The method further comprises comparing, by the system, the digest information with reference digest information for reference videos, wherein the reference digest information identifies reference objects appearing in the reference videos and respective reference times at which the reference objects appear in the reference videos. The method further comprises determining, by the system, whether the video comprises content included in one or more of the reference videos based on a degree of similarity between the digest information and reference digest information associated with one or more of the reference videos.
9,992,322,"Method of enabling digital music content to be downloaded to and used on a portable wireless computing device," assigned to Omnifone (GB)
The invention enables digital music content to be downloaded to and used on a portable wireless computing device. An application running on the wireless device has been automatically adapted to parameters associated with the wireless device without end-user input (e.g. the application has been configured in dependence on the device OS and firmware, related bugs, screen size, pixel number, security models, connection handling, memory etc. This application enables an end-user to browse and search music content on a remote server using a wireless network; to download music content from that remote server using the wireless network and to playback and manage that downloaded music content. The application also includes a digital rights management system that enables unlimited legal downloads of different music tracks to the device and also enables any of those tracks stored on the device to be played so long as a subscription service has not terminated.